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{Party of 5} Springtime in Paris, Minnie Mouse, Glam Safari, Baking with Love, Little Red Wagon

Springtime in Paris Party Dessert Table

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

Springtime in Paris Dessert Table
 Minnie Mouse Birthday Party
Glam Pink Safari Birthday Party
– Baking with Love Bridal Shower

 Little Red Wagon First Birthday Party

1. Springtime in Paris Dessert Table (pictured above) from The French Confection Co.

2. Minnie Mouse Birthday Party by Sugarena

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party


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Disney’s Maleficent Inspired Dessert Table

maleficent party dessert table

Have you all seen the trailer for the new Disney movie, Maleficent? I’m so excited to see the movie, Angelina looks like the perfect villain! In anticipation of the film, which comes out in the US on May 30th, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It (who has always loved this particular villain) styled this amazing Maleficent Inspired Dessert Table! I love the purple, green and black color palette, which gives the perfect creepy vibe and would also work super well for a Halloween party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Purple glitter cake pops & candy apples, damask chocolate Oreos + purple damask & stripes candy wrappers
– Maleficent horns & crow photo booth props + crows perched in thorny black trees
– Black lace & Maleficent silhouette cameo topped cake + Maleficent silhouette cookies & cupcakes
– Black dragons with purple rhinestone eyes on the glittered party favor boxes & milk bottles’ paper straws

dragon topped paper straws

sleeping beauty's maleficent cookies

black lace party cake


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Joint Pirates & Mermaids Birthday Party

pirate ship and mermaids birthday cake

What do you do when one of your kids wants a pirate party, and the other a mermaid party? Throw one big Joint Pirates & Mermaids Birthday Party of course! Shana Rosenheck of POMP once again brought her A game to this swashbucklin’ celebration, which included tons of cute balloon animals, pirate & mermaid themed desserts and a goldfish cracker bar (with a very clever way to serve fish and chips)! If you’re looking for more pirate party ideas, go here, and for mermaid parties, go here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pirate ship & mermaids birthday cake with ocean waves, jumping fish & the birthday boy & girl’s initials
– Brown sugar ‘sand’ & chocolate seashell topped cookies + pirate ship & sword cookies
– Shark infested blue ocean drink + octopus & starfish balloon animals throughout the party
– Pirate cake pops, mermaid tail topped cupcakes & Lifesaver ‘life preserver’ napkin rings
– Pirate & treasure chest coloring activity & a visit from a pirate’s best friend — parrots!

octopus balloon animal topped blue ocean party drink

brown sugar sand cookie and life preserver napkin rings

ocean balloon animals


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Charming Pastel Pink First Birthday Party {Korean Dol}

first birthday pink smash cake with a gold crown topper

A beautiful white venue + pretty pastel desserts + the cutest little birthday girl = the perfect recipe for a darling Pastel Pink First Birthday PartyJanet Kim wanted to create something truly special for her daughter’s Dol celebration, so with some help from Pretty Little Events, a few amazing vendors, and a bit of crafty DIY (check out the adorable photo props below!), something special is exactly what she got. ;) I’m loving all the chic whites accented with pops of light pink from the sweets & florals — so ethereal & pretty!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink swirl smash cake with a gold lace crown topper + gold foil pink macarons, mini cakes & parfaits
– First year photo table, DIY photo booth props + traditional Korean doljabi game with homemade items
– Pink & teal two-tiered birthday cake with crown topped silhouette & gold baubles + a custom silhouette maker
– Customized frosted glass backdrop & white lounge area with tented ceiling & sleek chairs

clean white birthday party decor and venue

pink swirl smash cake with a gold lace crown topper

first birthday photo table

girly DIY photo booth props


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AMAZING Medieval Castle Cake & Dessert Table

medieval knight birthday party castle cake

This kind of feature is a little unorthodox for us since we don’t typically focus on just cakes, but when a masterpiece like this pops up, you don’t turn it away! Alex Narramore of The Mischief Maker is clearly an incredibly talented baker, as she constructed this AMAZING Medieval Castle Cake & Dessert Table all by hand! The details are simply jaw-dropping, Alex even thought to throw in a few fun surprises! :) I’m sure this little knight was absolutely stoked to be the King of this castle.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright red chocolate covered Oreos, yellow macarons & beautiful silver knight helmet cake pops
– Amazing red & yellow fondant dragon, mini knights manning the towers & individual fondant ‘bricks’
– Piñata pillars filled with candy + life-sized armored knights flanking the dessert table
– Royal crest backdrop + a matching crest outfit, royal crown & knight’s helmet for the birthday boy

fondant dragon cake topper

knight armor cake pops and party decor

medieval knight and castle cookies


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Trend Alert: “Ever After High” Party Theme

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Ever After High!

Ever wonder what the kids of our favorite fairytale characters would be like? Well, wonder no more! Ever After High is the hot new animated series who follow the lives of the kids of some of fairytale’s famous characters like Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen in Snow White; Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty; Apple White, daughter of Snow White; and my favorite of them all–Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter!

My daughters LOVE this new series and the dolls are a must have in our house! I think the concept is rather genius and as a fan of fairytales found myself enjoying watching the episodes with them and hanging out on their interactive website with lots of activities and cool stuff for tweens! I’m sure there will be many Ever After High parties coming this year and to give you some inspiration, here is an Ever After High dessert table I styled to get you started inspired by my favorite character–Madeline Hatter and her BFF the Raven Queen.





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Magical Pegasus Birthday Party {Rainbow + Geometric}

Magical Pegasus Cake

Louisa of The Little Big Company always dreams up the most insanely creative celebrations, and this latest one is no exception! For her daughter’s 9th birthday, she brought this beautiful Magical Pegasus Party to life with cool geometric touches, tons of bright colors, and a touch of sparkle (in the form of glittery “Pegasus” horseshoes, of course!). Check out more of Louisa’s party magic here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Incredibly detailed fondant Pegasus cake topper + geometric print tier cake
– Beautiful “Magical Pegasus Garden” displayed inside a perspex box on the dessert table
– Fantastic Pegasus & geometric dessert table backdrop + matching cupcakes, cookies, & bottle wraps
– Sparkly glittered horseshoes + geometric washi tape accents & rainbow confetti party poppers!

Magical Pegasus Unicorn Party - Dessert Table

silver glittered horseshoe - pegasus party

rainbow geometric party poppers (more…)

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Simple & Sweet Frozen Birthday Celebration

kid's elsa costume for a frozen themed party

It’s no secret that Frozen parties are all the rage with the little ones these days, and if you’ve got a snowy princess inspired soirée to pull together yourself, I’ve got good news for you! This Simple & Sweet Frozen Birthday Celebration by Hana of Feathered Nest Photographie is absolutely bursting with creative – and approachable – ideas. Gotta love that combo! ;) Some of my personal favorites: the “Pin the Nose on Olaf” game, simple & sparkly “Elsa Crown” craft, and the clever use of twinkle lights to create a feeling of snowy magic throughout.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tasty “Build a Snowman” dessert featuring homemade marshmallows
– A sparkling tablescape with ‘snow’ filled terrarium centerpieces
– Ruffled dessert table covering & backdrop lit up with white twinkle lights
– Snowflake topped icicle cake with Elsa & Anna + blue macarons & carrot ‘noses’
– Beautiful homemade(!) Elsa costume for the birthday girl + makeovers & story time from Elsa & Anna

DIY snowflake crowns for a frozen party

frozen birthday party food ideas

build a snowman frozen party activity

frozen party tablescape


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Bright & Colorful Painting Birthday Party

art party crafting table for kids

Art inspired parties aren’t just for the girls, and this Bright & Colorful Painting Birthday Party that Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy Blog created for her adorable son is the perfect example! Plus, what little boy could resist getting messy with paint and then chowing down on the yummy cupcakes that they decorated… which of course translates to “piled on as much frosting and sprinkles as possible”. ;) In addition to being beautifully styled, this bright & happy celebration looks like a blast all around!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful paper lantern garlands + cool rainbow apron garland backdrop for the dessert table
– Bright chocolate dipped pretzel rode & rice krispie treat ‘paint brushes’ + primary color layered cake
– Paintbrush themed printables + a tablescape stocked with all of the necessary painting supplies
– “Decorate your own cupcake” activity station with a buffet of colorful frostings & sprinkles

kid's art birthday party bottle label wraps

painting party dessert and snack ideas

rainbow number 4 piñata

cupcake decorating birthday party


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Gender Neutral Garden Peter Rabbit Baby Shower

peter rabbit party dessert table

Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties certainly included a LOT of charming touches in this Gender Neutral Garden Peter Rabbit Baby Shower! We get plenty of Peter Rabbit birthday parties around here, but not a ton of baby showers, and I am loving the sweet baby details that Valerie added. Like those too-cute ‘Baby’ stamped chocolate covered Oreos or the hanging baby clothes garland — makes for a beautiful Spring shower! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful long stemmed tulips, sunny daffodils & irises in vegetable can vases
– Terracotta pot planted cupcakes + vegetable shaped cake pops, painted cookies & chocolate covered Oreos
– Paper head of lettuce with calligraphic details & wrapped twine & straw carrot bunches
– Painted Peter Rabbit lollipops + baby rabbit feet topped chocolate covered Oreos

peter rabbit baby shower invitation

peter rabbit lollipops and fondant vegetable topped chocolate covered oreos

terracotta pot planted cupcakes


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Woodland Creatures & Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

woodland creatures dessert table with toadstools and apple macarons

Hey there Little Red Riding Hood…this party’s lookin’ good! Dorothy Teng of Mints & honey styled up this beautiful Woodland Creatures & Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party full of furry little animals and forest friendly treats. How cute is that little hedgehog & those acorn macarons? Not to mention every other adorable detail! This party would have even the Big Bad Wolf enjoying himself! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Spotted deer cookie pops, hedgehog meringues & toadstool topped chocolate dirt cakes
– Bird & toadstool ornament painting + a mini tree to display them on
– Tree stump cake surrounded by Red & her animal friends + real tree stumps for seating
– Hanging moss filled terrariums & wooden birds’ nests + moss & tree rounds covering the dessert table
– Beautiful forest scene backdrop + glow in the dark fairy dust necklace party favors

woodland creatures 2nd birthday backdrop

toadstool painting party activity

little red riding hood birthday party cake

acorn macarons and hedgehog meringues


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Planning a Summer Dinner Party {Step 1: Get Inspired!}

Rustic Melamine Dinnerware

When it comes to parties, we feature a lot of “after” photos here at HWTM, but not a ton of “before” or “right smack in the middle of it” shots. And truth be told, posting more behind-the-scenes shots is something I’ve always wanted to do, but in reality I’m always so busy running from one thing to the next, just trying to get to the things that absolutely must. get. done. (i.e. client deadlines, keeping the kids alive & well, etc.), that the just-for-fun stuff I want to post hardly ever seems to happen.

That’s why I’m extra excited about this new Summer Dinner Party mini blog series project with Pier 1 and Spotify though. I’m required to share a little about the inspiration and planning process of a dinner party I’ll be hosting soon – before it’s actually hosted – so suddenly the behind the scenes stuff has become one of those things that must. get. done. Yay! ;) So off we go…

Brainstorming & Getting Inspired

Whenever I’m planning a party of any kind, inspiration & brainstorming are the first pieces of the puzzle, and I usually turn to hand sketches, digital mockups of ideas, and inspiration boards during this phase, as shown here.

The overarching guideline for this particular project is that it needs to feature elements from Pier 1’s Outdoor department. As strange as it sounds, a project can almost be more overwhelming when the guideline is so broad… it’s a great thing to have creative freedom, but this can also make it harder to focus or to even figure out where to start sometimes. So the solution was to browse my local Pier 1 and do pretty much exactly what they recommend: “find what speaks to you”. And that’s really what inspiration is about anyways, right?

The surprising thing is sometimes what catches your eye. I’m not particularly into yoga or frogs myself, yet I still found myself instantly drawn to a Yoga Frog Birdfeeder and thinking that it would be absolutely magical with a wire garland of mini tissue tassels! Here’s my digital mockup:

Yoga Frog Birdfeeder with Party Garland

Of course he will also need a framed “Keep Calm and Party On” sign sitting next to him for the finishing touch. I hope this idea works out in real life… stay tuned!

{Outdoor-Friendly} Dinnerware

I also fell in love with the new Carmelo Melamine Dinnerware (see image #1, at top), which seriously looks like glazed Italian stoneware… it’s quite possibly the most wonderfully deceiving melamine ever. And just like that, the star of the dinner table was discovered. For a little bohemian flair, I chose these festive Global Print Napkins to pair with the dinnerware. (more…)

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Confetti Birthday Celebration {Sparkle & Shine!}

blue frosted naked birthday cake

Big celebrations don’t always have to happen at expected times. Sure, we see lots of incredible milestone birthday parties attached to familiar numbers like 21, 30, 40, etc – but what if your reasons for wanting to throw that extra fabulous, confetti-and-champagne-filled celebration just happen to fall at another time? Well, if you’re Miriam Corona, you simply make the timing work for you, instead of the other way around!

Miriam was pregnant when she turned 30 and didn’t really celebrate the milestone at that time. Cut to 2 years later – and she’s got an adorable 1 year old (who had possibly the coolest Monsters University First Birthday Party ever), a flourishing event planning business, a brand new workspace, and – OH, YA – another birthday to celebrate! It was high time to bust out the confetti, so to speak. ;)

I just love all the fun and sparkle that Miriam incorporated into her Confetti Birthday Celebration, and of course how she used our HWTM Confetti Birthday Collection to help bring it to life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– 4-tier, naked layered birthday cake with insanely awesome “happy birthday” script topper
– Gorgeous chocolate & confetti candy apples with satin bows and stripey straw “sticks”
– “Sparkle & Shine” confetti wands + confetti-covered invitations & party decor
– Bold black and white stripes featured in the linens, party straws, and paper lanterns

blue party drinks

confetti glitter candy apples and vanilla bean macarons

confetti birthday party invitation

adult 30th birthday party family photo


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Gorgeous “All That Glitters is Gold” First Birthday Party

pink, mint and gold dessert table

The real phrase might be, “All that glitters is not gold,” but at this sparkling birthday party, I’d say that’s wrong! ;) Marisa of Mon Soiree styled this beautiful All That Glitters Is Gold 1st Birthday Party for an even more beautiful little girl. With a stunning dessert table filled with treats almost too gorgeous to eat, this party is easy on the eyes AND the tastebuds!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Apothecary jars filled with pink, mint & gold candies + glittery gold ‘1’ & mini bunting cookies
– Vintage milk glass & mason jar vases with pink & white florals + large pink balloon table centerpieces
– Gold dusted cupcakes, gold glitter printables & customized candy bar wrappers with gold glitter stripes
– A white satin ribbon wrapped birthday cake with a beautiful pink fondant peony

pink and white first birthday party

gold glitter first birthday cookies

gold glitter first birthday sign


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Cupcake Baking & American Girl Doll Birthday Party

cupcake birthday party invitation

Grab your wooden spoons and get ready for a sprinkle of sweetness and a dash of fun! Michelle Samardzija of Mad Momma Events & Styling cooked up this Cupcake Baking & American Girl Doll Birthday Party for the cutest little birthday girl and friends! I am loving all of the cupcake liner decor. Plus, doesn’t it sound so fun to bake up a big batch of cupcakes with your friends, decorate however you choose and then take some home to enjoy later? Clearly, Michelle and I are on the same page! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cupcake liner topiary centerpiece + cupcake liner ‘flowers’ with chocolate candy centers
– Monogrammed milk bottles topped with cookies & a white ruffle birthday cake + fruit & marshmallow skewers
– DIYed pom topped felt & sequin cupcake party hats for the American Girl Dolls & chef’s hats for the guests
– Personalized pink aprons, pink cupcake lip glosses & wooden spoon party favors

american girl doll party decorations

pink birthday party tablescape with pom backdrop

white ruffle birthday cake


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Gender Neutral Curious George Birthday Party

DIY banana birthday party invitation

Get ready for some super fun monkeying aroundRima Tan of Sugar Blast Events styled this adorable Gender Neutral Curious George Birthday Party for her two year-old daughter, who’s quite curious herself according to Rima! What I absolutely love about this party are all of the special touches — from a homemade chalkboard sign to those adorable banana ‘peeled’ invitations. Way to go mom!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant stuffed George monkey + a banana chocolate chip Nutella cake with Curious George in his hat
– Yellow treats like mini blueberry topped yellow cakes yellow candies & lemon curd cupcakes
– Red wagon centerpieces filled with banana bunches + plate & cup place settings made to look like George’s hat
– Monkey themed cookies + burlap party favor bags for the kids & banana bunches for the adults

banana bunch and red wagon table centerpieces

curious george birthday party cake

DIY birthday party chalkboard sign


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Pillow Fights & Brunch Sleepover Birthday Party

girl's sleepover birthday party

Growing up, we did the same thing every year for my birthday — invite over a bunch of girlfriends, watch some movies, eat junk food & then finally fall asleep in the wee hours of the morning (much to my parents’ dismay). This Pillow Fights & Brunch Sleepover Birthday Party from Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake reminds me of all those birthdays, except way kicked up a notch! With a full brunch table filled with yummy breakfast treats, tons of fun activities for the girls and some midnight snacks for late-night movies, I’m betting they had plenty to talk about on Monday morning! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Brunch foods like glazed donuts, strawberries & nutella, bacon & eggs ramekins & granola parfaits
– Hanging feather silhouettes over the brunch table + dessert foods silhouettes as photo booth props
– Rainbow looms, board games & spa essentials for some pampering + a karaoke machine!
– A rainbow frosted layer birthday cake + ‘Pillow Fight’ pillowcase party favors

sleepover birthday party breakfast table

midnight snacks party food

rainbow frosting layer birthday cake


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A Royal Swan Princess Party {Movie Inspired}

princess party tutus

Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share our recent Royal Swan Princess Party. Bright and whimsical trellis patterns mixed with a gorgeous hanging backdrop and ruffle decorations help set the tone for a “royally” gorgeous princess party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Tea Cup Ombre Mousse Desserts (Simple glass cups transformed into princess teacups by adhering a printable tea cup handle onto the side of the glass)
– Pink honeycomb decorations and DIY sparkle tissue paper flower hanging window backdrop
– No-bake Cookie Castle desserts (using stacked oreos with pirouette cookies vertically “glued” around the sides with melting chocolate and finished off with ribbon and a store bought meringue topper)
– Place Setting Place mat to help the little princesses learn the proper way to set a table.

princess party invitation

swan princess viewing party

princess party tables

princess party desserts


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Spring Florals & Brunch Birthday Tea Party

floral brunch birthday tea party

Tea for two? How about tea for a whole party?! Carla Rippstein of Paper & Party Love stirred up a gorgeous spread with this Spring Florals & Brunch Birthday Tea Party! I love how she mixed pretty pastels with bright pops of color for a modern twist on the signature shabby chic tea party look. Plus, is there anything better than popping a little sugar purse into your tea? I don’t think so. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright pink & teal tissue pom hanging decor + elevated teapot filled with fresh florals
– Rose swirl cake topped with pink roses & a mini birthday banner + sweet flower-topped cupcakes
– Champagne flutes with pink bows & party flags + mini tea buffet with custom flower tags
– Porcelain tea cups filled with sweets + rainbow macarons & mini cakes

flower topped cupcakes and a white teapot floral vase centerpiece

mimosa champagne flute party flags and paper straws

customized tea bags and sugar purses


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{Party of 5} Kitchen Bridal Shower, Despicable Me, Star Wars, Skylanders, Giants Baseball

retro kitchen bridal shower

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

Retro Kitchen Bridal Shower
 Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party
Star Wars Jedi Birthday Party
– Skylanders Giants Birthday Party

 SF Giants Baseball 1st Birthday Party

1. Retro Kitchen Bridal Shower (pictured above) from MayDetails Printable Celebrations

2. Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party by Giggledust Parties

despicable me minion birthday party


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Creative Pool Party {or Playdate} Ideas for Little Swimmers

pool party tablescape

Last month, I had the opportunity to style a fun Pool Party Playdate event hosted by Huggies® Little Swimmers, and as awesome as it was to hang out at a super cool beach house venue for a day and be treated to professional catering (I still think this is the cutest watermelon shark fruit salad ever!) – those probably aren’t the same circumstances that most of the pool parties and swim playdates this summer will be held under, right? ;) SO… I was very happy when they also asked me to “bring the party home” so to speak – and to share some creative pool party or playdate inspiration with you guys in a home setting, and with more of a DIY perspective.

Pool Party Playdate at Home

All of the images shown here feature the same general look & feel as the event, but the set up is in my own backyard. Sonny (my husband) took the pics, and of course our kids were more than happy to jump into them as well, including our 2 year old, who was downright ecstatic to see Ariel prominently featured on her Little Swimmers diaper. Ah… the little things! And speaking of little things, the color-blocked party favor bags filled with mini Swedish fish made me equally ecstatic, especially given how easy they were to make!

toddler pool party swim centerpieces

I’m not sure if it’s the bright primary colors, the happy “snorkeling” whales, or a combo of both, but as far as my own projects go, this has quickly become a personal favorite… I hope you enjoy it too! Added bonus: you’ll find links below to some free printables as well!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY styrofoam beach ball garland + beach towel table runners
– Whale & submarine bath toy caddies-turned party decor with a little spray-paint + fun fillers!
– Beach pails filled with “little swimmer” snacks + no-spill mini milk bottles for drinks
– Bubbly “POOL” centerpiece made from wooden letters + blue tissue confetti & glue dots
– Submarine sandwiches embellished with bendy straws + rainbow licorice “pool noodles”

swimming pool party food ideas

pool party licorice candy noodles

beach party decorations and party favors


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April Showers Bring May Flowers Birthday Party

april showers bring may flowers themed birthday party tablescape

Although we didn’t have many showers in April, this party is absolutely dripping with beautiful details. Juliet Boydstun of the COOP planted the seeds (so to speak) for this April Showers Bring May Flowers Birthday Party for her son. I am loving all of the super cute DIYs in this party, AND that this theme could be used for a boy or girl’s party (or even a super cute ‘Showered with Love’ baby shower)! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Raincloud topped umbrella cake with a tower of rain boot cupcakes + rainbow macarons
– DIY paper flower centerpiece in a rain boot vase + umbrella with strung raindrops in a colorful floral arrangement
– DIY felt clouds with gold glitter lightning bolts & raindrops + felt bowler hats with sprouting daisies
– Rubber bracelet ‘raindrop’ cup wraps + sprouting flower snacks

raincloud topped umbrella birthday cake and rain boot topped cupcakes

sprouting flower bowler hat

DIY felt rain clouds with lightning bolts

raindrop strung umbrella in a bright floral centerpiece


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Modern & Chic Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

alice in wonderland birthday party signs

Down the rabbit hole we go! At this Modern & Chic Alice in Wonderland Birthday PartyShana Rosenheck of POMP included tons of Wonderland inspired sweet treats for a mad tea party, red painted roses, and even a bunny petting zoo (for the bunny-loving birthday girl). No need to look out for the evil Queen of Hearts, she’s stuck as a (scrumptious) sugar cookie! Don’t be late!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Moss-covered ‘Eat Me’ letters, a moss table runner & a red rose garden Queen of Hearts’ crown topped cake
– Wonderland cupcakes with the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum & Alice falling down the Rabbit Hole
– Tea Party treats like macaron filled mugs, teapot cookies & suit-shaped tea sandwiches
– Which way direction sign & deck of cards birthday banner + silhouette photo booth props
– Mad Hatter’s hat piñata & cupcakes + ‘Drink Me’ vial cupcake & ‘Take Me’ party favors

alice in wonderland themed cupcakes

garden moss-covered 'eat me' letters

wonderland's queen queen of heart's crown topped rose garden cake

painted red roses for an alice in wonderland party


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Lego Ninja Warrior Ninjago Inspired Birthday Party

painted ninjago lego characters and ninjago cookies

Looking for a fun way to kick it ninja-style at your next party? Jessica Guevara of OhSoPrintable has supplied the perfect way to use all your ninja moves at this AWESOME Lego Ninja Warrior Ninjago Birthday Party! I love the super cool, modern vibe of the whole theme — perfect for training all of the mini ninja warriors ;). So grab your weapon of choice and remember, “A ninja never quits!”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hand-painted Ninjago lego characters & the gold dragon Spinjitzu training temple
– Ninjago shuriken throwing star patterned dessert table backdrop & gold tassel garland
– Sensei Wu (good guy) & Lord Garmadon (bad guy) cake pops + a Lord Garmadon piñata
– ‘Green tea’ juice, takeout box lunches, green dragon topped brownie parfaits & yin yang cupcakes
– DIY large foam fortune cookies filled with goodies for each little ninja + gold Samurai sword party favors

ninjago birthday party dessert table

DIY large foam fortune cookies

ninjago lego party invitaion


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Pink Royal Barbie Princess First Birthday Party

barbie princess dress cake

If you’re a Barbie girl, you’re going to absolutely LOVE this Barbie world! Jane Alison planned this extremely girly-girl Pink Royal Barbie Princess First Birthday Party for her adorable little girl. I am absolutely loving the homemade pink Barbie doll box photo booth — such a creative and cute idea! For other Barbie-inspired party ideas, check out these parties: here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink balloon entryway arch + a beautiful fabric tent with pink & purple balloons
– Barbie princess pink ruffled ball gown cake + gold pearl studded cupcakes with Barbie party circle toppers
– Black & white Barbie silhouette print + mini cupcakes topped with Barbie silhouettes & flowers
– Basket bouquet centerpieces & gold royal themed toy decor & centerpieces

pink first birthday party decor

DIY barbie doll box photo booth

barbie doll birthday party decor and family photo


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{Sparkly, Snowy & Fantastic!} Frozen Birthday Party

frozen birthday party ideas

It just might be the most asked question of the year: Do you want to build a snowman? Well, the lucky little guests at this snowy, sparkly, and downright FANTASTIC Frozen Birthday Party were more than happy to do just that… amongst the other fun & crafty things dreamed up Shannon Rocha of Very Pretty Parties!

For her daughter’s 5th birthday, Shannon magically transformed her backyard into a beautiful, snow-covered Arendelle. I know there are tons of parents out there looking for Frozen party ideas right now (my own daughters have already attended a few this year!), and this clever + creative celebration more than delivers with TONS of great inspiration.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Let it Go” photo booth with sleigh seating & Frozen themed props
– Princess dress-up time with Anna & Elsa, including lace crowns, tutus, wands, & necklaces!
– Snowflake embellished, tulle-covered “5” + tulle tutus for the birthday girl & party guests
– “Build your own Olaf” snowman activity + Sven pulling a flower-filled sleigh centerpiece
– Princess Punch (in Elsa’s signature shade of blue, of course!) & Wintery gable box party snacks
– Snowflake banner, cupcakes & cookies + DIY glittery snowflake wooden utensils

frozen themed build a snowman activity with Olaf!

frozen birthday party desserts and Olaf milk bottles

frozen themed blue princess punch

anna and elsa birthday party characters


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Punky Pirate Princess Party

punk black and pink pirate birthday cake

Arrrrrgh! Nicolle of Libby Lane Press here to share a Punky Pirate Princess Party with a girly feel that is bound to set the stage for a swashbuckling good time.

When Katie Nguyen-Wells of Petite Social shared her daughter, Lila’s vision for a Pirate Princess Party I knew right away this would be an event filled to the brim with details, an impeccably styled dessert table, and enough fun for the entire family. From the small corked bottles that were used to deliver invitations, to the edgy yet feminine tiered cake and live pirate entertainment, this Pirate Princess celebration is one that the birthday girl is bound to treasure for years to come.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink and Black Ruffled tiered cake with a bow-adorned skull and crossbones fondant
– Ripped fabric backdrop to create a pirate ship mast
– Clever pirate appropriate food names to entice the youngest mateys
– Perfectly coordinated Pirate Princess birthday girl embroidered tank and tutu

pink and black pirate party dessert table

bright pink girly pirate flag cupcake

pink girly pirate kid's costume


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Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party Scoopery

ice cream cone birthday cake

I scream, you scream, we all scream for an Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party Scoopery! San Diego is having quite the heat wave this week, so a big bowl of ice cream sounds like the perfect way to cool off. Johann Marie Torres of Design, Create, Craft scooped up lots of adorable little details for her son’s first birthday, including tons of creative DIYs, a sprinkle of family fun, & an adorable ice cream cone cake that is the cherry on top to this delicious party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Old school decor & printables, like red gingham table runners, soda jerk party hats & retro invitations
– Build your own ice cream sundae bar with lots of toppings + melty ice cream cone topped cake
– Ice cream sundae cupcakes & ‘ice cream’ cupcakes in a cone + ice cream cone cookies
– DIY ‘Milkshake’ centerpieces with tissue pom ‘whipped cream’ & long paper straws
– DIY ice cream cone piñata & handmade cardboard ice cream truck photo booth

ice cream cone cupcakes

ice cream sundae cupcakes

retro soda fountain party decor


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Patriotic Popcorn + Free Printables {Red, White & Blue}

Patriotic Popcorn with Free Printable Labels

4th of July and Memorial Day are 2 of my very favorite days to celebrate… the tasty BBQs, the cold drinks, the outdoorsy fun of it all, and of course – a chance to celebrate in the beloved Red, White & Blue! Speaking of which… that happens to be the theme of this month’s Free Printables Blog Hop… so I wanted to share a simple idea for dressing up one of our favorite firework-watching snacks. ;) These Patriotic Popcorn Labels can also be used for snacks at holiday parties or for dressing up take home favors & gifts – like these cool jars of red, white, & blue popcorn, for example.

Click here to download the labels (which can be left square or cut into circles with a 2″ craft punch) – and be sure to scroll down for links to lots MORE free patriotic printables from the talented ladies in the Blog Hop!

Free Printable Popcorn Labels from HWTM - Red White & Blue (more…)

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Tropical Oasis Hawaiian Luau Birthday Party

hawaiian luau birthday party ideas

Aloha! Dreaming of a tropical paradise getaway? We’ve got just the thing! Jenny Santoso of Party Made Easy crafted together this fantastic Tropical Oasis Hawaiian Luau Birthday Party! I am absolutely loving that homemade Ferrero Rocher chocolate ‘pineapple’ — SO creative! With lush greenery, colorful floral leis and delicious luau food, I feel like I just spent some quality time on a white sandy beach ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tiki shack topped beach birthday cake with chocolate sea shells & ombre waves
– Tiki torches + a mini tiki bar with blue drinks & lots of colorful drink umbrellas
– Grass skirt & bikini decorated drinks + a grass skirt dessert table skirt
– Bright paper flower & lei flower ‘6’ backdrop + entryway ‘Take a Lei’ table for guests
– Hawaiian themed food & fresh tropical fruit + fresh coconut water

hawaiian beach birthday cake with ombre waves and a tiki hut

aloha hawaiian birthday party invitation

ferrero rocher homemade chocolate 'pineapple'


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